Japanese kanji list


   In these lists you will see the stroke order, the pronunciation, English meaning as well as examples of the kanji used in a world.

   For more complex kanji with a lot of strokes, the stroke order will not be shown. Instead you will see the order to write the radicals found within the kanji.

Jin, hito, nin - person

Canadian - kanadajin (カナダ人)
100 people - hyakunin (百人)
That person - ano hito (あの人)

Ka, hi, nichi, jitsu - day, sun

1 day - ichinichi (一日)
5th day of month - itsuka (五日)

En, maru(i) - round, yen

1 yen - ichi en (一円)


Tsuki, gatsu, getsu - moon, month

January - ichigatsu (一月)


Mei, myou, a(kari), aka(rui), aki(raka), a(keru), a(ku), a(kasu), aka(ramu), aka(rumu), a(kuru) - light, bright, clear, next, be open

Tomorrow - myounichi (明日)


You - day of the week

Sunday - nichiyoubi (日曜日)


Ka, hi, (ho) - fire

Tuesday - kayoubi (火曜日)


Sui, mizu - water

Water jug - mizugame (水がめ)


Moku, boku, ki, (ko) - tree, wood

Lumberjack - kikori (木こり)
Thursday - mokuyoubi (木曜日)

Kin, kon, kane, (kana) - gold, money, metal

Gold metal - kin medaru (金メダル)


Do, to, tsuchi - soil, ground, earth

Native - dojin (土人)
Sandbag - donou (土のう)

Hon, moto - book, origin

Japan - nihon (日本)


Dai, tai, oo(kii) - big, large

Large amount of money - taikin (大金)
Adult - otona (大人)

Shou, chii(sai), ko, do - small, little

Dwarf - kobito (小人)
Insignificant person - shoujin (小人)

Chuu, naka - middle, inside, throughout

All over Japan - nihonjuu (日本中)


Kaze, kaza, fuu, fu - wind, appearance, style

Gentle breeze - soyokaze (そよ風)


Ame, u, ama - rain

Rain water - amamizu (雨水)
Downpour - ooame (大雨)

Ka, ge, shita, moto, sa(geru), o(rosu), shimo, o(riru), sa(garu), kuda(ru), kuda(saru) - down, lower, base, fall, hand down, give, get out

Sewer system - gesui (下水)


Jou, ue, shou, kami, uwa, a(geru), a(garu), nobo(ru), nobo(su), nobo(seru) - up, rise, upper, bring up

On the water - suijou (水上)


Sen, kawa - river

Upstream - kawakami (川上)
Mississippi river - mishishippi gawa (ミシシッピ川)

Yama, san - mountain

Volcano - kazan (火山)
Hill - koyama (小山)

Den, ta - rice field, paddy

Honda (name) - honda (本田)
Tanaka (name) - tanaka (田中)

Hata, hatake - cultivated field

Fields - tahata (田畑)


Tou, katana - sword, knife

Long sword - daitou (大刀)
Pocketknife - kogatana (小刀)

Bun, bu, fun, wa(keru), wa(karu), wa(kareru), wa(katsu) - minute, portion, divide, understand

Enough - juubun (十分)


Setsu, sai, ki(ru), ki(reru) - cut, break off

Important - taisetsu (大切)
Piece - hitokire (一切れ)

Koku, kuni - country

Large country - taikoku (大国)
China - chuugoku (中国)

Ji, tera - temple

Mountain temple - yamadera (山寺)


Ji, toki - time, hour

Sometimes - tokidoki (時々)


Aida, kan, ken, ma - between (interval)

Time - jikan (時間)


Sei, shou, i(keru), i(kiru), i(kasu), u(mu), i(mareru), o(u), ki, nama, ha(eru), ha(yasu) - life, be born, live, be alive. grow, raw, pure

Ones whole life - isshou (一生)
Draft beer - namabiiru (生ビール)

Nen, toshi - year

Pension - nenkin (年金)


I - (prefix)

At least 3hours - sanjikanijou (三時間以上)


Mae, zen - before, in front, earlier

Beforehand - maemotte (前もって)
Previously - izen (以前)

Go, nochi - after, later, behind, back

The day after tomorrow - myougonichi (明後日)


Go - noon

PM - gogo (午後)
AM - gozen (午前)

Sen, saki - earlier, ahead, future

Teacher - sensei (先生)
The other day - senjitsu (先日)

Kin, kon, ima - now

Today - kyou (今日)
This year - kotoshi (今年)

Nyuu, hai(ru), i(ru) - go, come, enter, let in

Setting sun - irihi (入り日)


Shutsu, sui, da(su), de(ru) - Take out, send, go, come out

Outbreak of fire - shukka (出火)
Crowds - hitode (人出)

Kou, kuchi, ku - mouth

Population - jinkou (人口)
Exit - deguchi (出口)

Moku, boku, me, ma - eye

Notice - hitome (人目)
Ones superior - meue (目上)

Mimi, ji - ear

Earlobe - mimitabu (耳たぶ)


Te, shu, ta - hand

Postage stamp - kitte (切手)
Skilled - jouzu (上手)
Example - tehon (手本)

Ashi, soku, ta(ru), ta(riru), ta(su) - foot, leg, be enough, add up

Limbs - teashi (手足)


Shin, mi - body

Strong point - shinjou (身上)


Kyuu, yasu(mu), yasu(meru), yasu(maru) - rest, be rested

Day off - kyuujitsu (休日)
Closed - yasumichuu (休み中)
Non-active volcano - kyuukazan (休火山)

Karada, tei, tai - body

The human body - jintai (人体)


Ji, shi, mizuka(ra) - self

One self - jibun (自分)


Ken, mi(ru), mi(eru), mi(seru) - see, be visible, show

Foresight - senken (先見)
Recognize - miwakeru (見分ける)